Lycos Finally Discontinues Its Free Email Service

Long-time Slashdot reader williamyf writes:

You may think of it as the end of an era, or as the final nail in the coffin. Today Lycos, one of the pioneering web portals of the ’90s, notified all it’s users that “On May 15th, 2018, we will no longer be offering free Lycos Mail accounts.” They have been very upfront about the reason:

“Q: Why are you doing this?

A: Providing mailboxes costs us money, and we no longer make enough from ads to support the cost of the mailboxes.”

At it’s heyday, Lycos was acquired by Terra Networks (a division of Telefonica), then sold to Daum Communications in Korea and then to Ybrant Digital in India. The search engine and other parts (like Angelfire, Tripod and Gamesville) continue working. In the meantime, instructions are provided to download all your mail via POP3 for offline archiving, or to upgrade to Paid Accounts.

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Florida Police Allegedly Crash Funeral Home to Unlock Phone With Slain Man's Fingerprints

Largo, Florida police detectives entered a funeral home in Clearwater and attempted to unlock the phone of a man killed by another officer at a traffic stop a month earlier using the deceased man’s hands, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

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AT&T, Verizon face DOJ investigation for allegedly trying to lock eSIMs

Enlarge / Apple Watch Series 3, with eSIM technology for connecting to cellular networks. (credit: Apple)

AT&T and Verizon are being investigated by the Department of Justice (DOJ) over whether they colluded in order to prevent customers from easily switching carriers.

The antitrust investigation, reported by The New York Times yesterday, relates to the eSIM (embedded SIM) technology that is used instead of regular SIM cards in cellular-capable Apple Watches and other devices such as the Google Pixel 2. eSIMs are supposed to let customers switch carriers without changing to a different SIM card or device, but AT&T and Verizon are accused of “try[ing] to establish standards that would allow them to lock a device to their network even if it had eSIM technology,” the Times report said.

The DOJ began investigating about five months ago after complaints from Apple and an unidentified wireless carrier, the article said.

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Source: Ars Technica – AT&T, Verizon face DOJ investigation for allegedly trying to lock eSIMs

Drool over Marvel Comics’ rarest original art, costumes at new museum exhibit

SEATTLE—As the Marvel Cinematic Universe expands to every movie theater in the world, the MoPOP Museum of Pop Culture (formerly Experience Music Project) swoops in this week with an exhibit that reminds fans where the heck these costumed heroes came from: the comics pages.

Marvel Universe of Super Heroes, a massive, two-story exhibit, began its world-premiere run in Seattle on Saturday with a mix of incredible historical context and Marvel’s strange, narrow focus within the MCU. The very good news, as seen in the first gallery, is that the Marvel (which began life in 1939 as Timely Publications) is represented by way of a ton of original production art.

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Source: Ars Technica – Drool over Marvel Comics’ rarest original art, costumes at new museum exhibit

'Cyber Terrorist' Teen Who Hacked CIA Director John Brennan Sentenced to 2 Years in Prison

A British teenager who gained notoriety for hacking a number of high profile United States government employees including former CIA director John Brennan and former director of intelligence James Clapper was sentenced Friday to two years in prison.

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Doctors Tried To Lower $148K Cancer Drug Cost; Makers Tripled Its Price

Slashdot reader Applehu Akbar writes: Imbruvica, a compound that treats white blood cell cancers, has until now been a bargain at $148,000 per year. Until now, doctors have been able to optimize dosage for each patient by prescribing up to four small-dose pills of it per day. But after results from a recent small pilot trial indicated that smaller doses would for most patients work as well as the large ones, its manufacturer, Janssen and Pharmacyclics, has decided on the basis of the doctors’ interest in smaller dosages to reprice all sizes of the drug to the price of the largest size. This has the effect of tripling the price for patients, and doctors have now put off any plans for further testing of lower dosages.
The researchers are retaliating by urging clinical investigators to test whether the expensive pill could be safely given every other day — and by calling on America’s public health regulators to investigate the drug’s pricing.

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Recommended Reading: Tesla and Waymo's self-driving data quests


How Tesla and Waymo are tackling a major problem for self-driving cars: Data
Sean O’Kane,
The Verge

In order for cars to drive themselves, the vehicles and their systems require loads of data. And gathering those details are one of the main goals…

Source: Engadget – Recommended Reading: Tesla and Waymo’s self-driving data quests

Lyft Announces It Will Make All Rides Carbon Neutral

Lyft announced it will spend millions of dollars to make all its rides carbon neutral. An anonymous reader quotes CNN Money:
The San Francisco-based ride-hailing company announced Thursday that it will pay for a range of environmentally beneficial projects to compensate for the emissions from the millions of car journeys it provides every week. The tactic, known as carbon offsets, is a way for Lyft to do something about climate change without changing its business model. Lyft will fund initiatives including forestry projects, renewable energy ventures and capturing emissions from landfills. The efforts will put Lyft among the 10 largest voluntary offset programs in the world, according to 3Degrees, the renewable energy company Lyft is partnering with to find suitable projects… Lyft will track how many miles its drivers cover — and the make and model of their vehicles — to calculate exactly how many emissions it must offset. The company will not limit itself just to the carbon footprint from when passengers are in Lyft vehicles, but will also include the mileage its drivers rack up on their way to pick people up.

Lyft co-founder John Zimmer believes that within their first year they’ll offset over a million metric tons of carbon — “equivalent to planting tens of millions of trees or taking hundreds of thousands of cars off the road.”

Zimmer told CNN that “With great scale comes great responsibility.”

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Can Tesla's Batteries Power Puerto Rico?

An anonymous reader quotes Electrek:
Almost 1 million ratepayers of the Puerto Rican Electric Power Authority on the island of Puerto Rico were reportedly without power Wednesday during an island-wide blackout. But a few hundred locations with Tesla Energy storage systems were able to keep the lights on, according to CEO Elon Musk… Some of those locations include very critical services. For example, Tesla deployed a series of Powerpack systems on the Puerto Rican islands of Vieques and Culebra for a sanitary sewer treatment plant, the Arcadia water pumping station, the Ciudad Dorada elderly community, the Susan Centeno hospital, and the Boys and Girls Club of Vieques. Furthermore, the automaker’s energy division also deployed a solar+battery system at a hospital in Puerto Rico…
It was also reported that the Puerto Rican government was considering Tesla’s plan for a series of microgrids to help bring back power on a larger scale. The government has confirmed that they “presented several projects in remote areas that would allow entire communities to be more independent” and they also “presented a proposal to the Authority for Public-Private Partnerships for the deployment of a large-scale battery system designed to help stabilize the entire Puerto Rico electricity network.”

The proposal, involving de-centralized local solar farms, “should prove more resilient to natural disaster,” Electrek reported earlier, adding ” and of course, it would be a lot cleaner than their currently mostly fossil fuel-based power generation.” Already Tesla batteries are “live and delivering power” at 662 locations, Elon Musk tweeted Wednesday.

Meanwhile, CNN reports that one Puerto Rico resident spent three weeks building his own solar power system using $7,500 in parts — which will ultimately prove cheaper than the $350 a month he was spending to run a gas generator (and waiting as long as six hours in the long gas lines).
They’re not revealing his name “because he’s concerned someone may try to steal his new system.”

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Benedict Cumberbatch Shared His Star Trek Secrets With Stephen Hawking

When Benedict Cumberbatch appeared as the antagonist of Star Trek Into Darkness, the identity of the character he was playing was kept very secret, to the point that JJ Abrams straight-up lied about it. But apparently Cumberbatch spilled the beans to one special person.

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Source: Gizmodo – Benedict Cumberbatch Shared His Star Trek Secrets With Stephen Hawking

Wells Fargo Agrees to $1 Billion Fine Over Home and Auto Loan Abuses

Wells Fargo got hit with a $1 billion fine Friday — the largest ever issued by America’s consumer protection agency. An anonymous reader quotes Reuters:
Taken together, the mortgage and auto programs ensnared more than 600,000 customers and will require nearly $300 million in refunds, the bank has said. The programs allowed Wells Fargo to earn fees from unneeded car insurance and penalties on mortgage paperwork that the bank had botched. For homebuyers, Wells Fargo promised to “rate lock” or freeze the interest rate for borrowers who got their mortgage paperwork finished within a few weeks. When that deadline slipped and it was the bank’s fault, Wells Fargo could blame the customer. The penalty for late mortgage paperwork often topped $1000, according to a borrower lawsuit…
Drivers stung by insurance fees were wrongly pushed into policies that they did not need… Insurers working for Wells Fargo pushed policies onto more than 500,000 customers who already had coverage, the bank has said.
The penalty comes 18 months after Wells Fargo “admitted it opened sham accounts for customers — a practice that likely ensnared millions…
Wells Fargo agreed to the new $1 billion fine “without admitting or denying wrongdoing.”

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Ask Engadget: What are the best apps and tools for the blind?

The support shared between readers in the comments section is one of the things we love most about the Engadget community. Over the years, we’ve known you to offer sage advice on everything from Chromecasts and cameras to drones and smartphones. In f…

Source: Engadget – Ask Engadget: What are the best apps and tools for the blind?

Kurzweil Predicts Universal Basic Incomes Worldwide Within 20 Years

Google’s director of engineering Ray Kurzweil made a startling prediction at the 2018 TED conference. Hacker Noon reports:
“In the early 2030s, we’ll have universal basic income in the developed world, and worldwide by the end of the 2030s. You’ll be able to live very well on that. The primary concern will be meaning and purpose,” he said onstage at the annual event…

Kurzweil believes that by 2029, computers will have human-level intelligence. It’s not inconceivable then that AI will be distributing UBI to humans based on algorithms that are capable of crunching numbers in ways we cannot follow. Indeed, what we call the “State” in even just 10 years time may have been transformed by AI and blockchain tech in a way whereby even our experience of consensus decision making and democracy itself may have evolved.

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Cyberdyne's Attempt to Make a Sexy Lady Assassin Terminator Appears to Have Backfired

Sideshow Collectibles’s line of “Premium Format” statues usually offer ridiculously detailed (and very expensive) sculpts of beloved pop culture characters, from Star Wars to comics and a million other things in between. But its latest Terminator statue has a bit of a twist: It’s an entirely new character with her own…

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Source: Gizmodo – Cyberdyne’s Attempt to Make a Sexy Lady Assassin Terminator Appears to Have Backfired

White House reportedly exploring wartime rule to help coal, nuclear

According to reports from Bloomberg and E&E News, the Trump Administration has been exploring another way to help coal and nuclear generators: the Defense Production Act of 1950.

The Act was passed under President Truman. Motivated by the Korean War, it allows the president broad authority to boost US industries that are considered a priority for national security. On Thursday, E&E News cited sources that said “an interagency process is underway” at the White House to examine possible application of the act to the energy industry. The goal would be to give some form of preference to coal and nuclear plants that are struggling to compete with cheap natural gas.

Third time’s the charm?

This appears to be the third attempt to use policy to keep coal and nuclear operators afloat. The main focus is coal generators, which Trump promised to rescue during his campaign. Although Trump’s campaign rhetoric often blamed environmental regulations, the problem has been economic more than regulatory; cheap natural gas has been the biggest threat to coal and nuclear.

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Source: Ars Technica – White House reportedly exploring wartime rule to help coal, nuclear

Fujifilm XH-1 review: Beautiful photos, but lacking X-series allure

Fujifilm has an impressively loyal fan base for good reason. Its X-Series mirrorless APS-C cameras are compact, feature-packed, easy to use, produce excellent images, come with top-flight lenses and look great — all at a reasonable price. So,…

Source: Engadget – Fujifilm XH-1 review: Beautiful photos, but lacking X-series allure